The Inclusive Spaces 2.0: My School and My Block! project involves researching social spaces in new middle schools and communities in the 22nd District of Vienna, Austria. What experiences do young people gather in their ‘blocks’? And how do these impact the social spaces of schools?
Students and professional researchers will work together to investigate these questions, using innovative methods that connect to the lifestyles of young people. Using mobile phones and tablets, students will produce digital social cartographies of their ‘blocks’ and schools. Young people will reflect on the data produced, using it as a catalyst to think about how social problems in their neighbourhoods could be addressed.
Young researchers will disseminate results at a conference. They will present digital maps and also use other mediums, such as drama performances, to disseminate the project to heterogeneous audiences in an accessible way. Thus, the project aims to facilitate a productive dialogue between schools and communities. Furthermore, the findings will be transferred to teacher education in order to prepare future teachers for challenges in and out of schools and ensure the sustainability of the results of the project.
The project is funded by the Austrian Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and is part of the TOP CITIZEN SCIENCE funding program.